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Blowing Rock High Country Ale - Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

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Blowing Rock High Country AleBlowing Rock High Country Ale

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BA SCORE
76
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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blowing Rock Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 08-17-2008)
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kuhndog
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

kuhndog, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Luigi
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours our a clear golden color with a two finger head that quickly goes down to a thin lace around the glass.

The aroma is clean with a hint of biscuit like malt, with a mild hop presence.

A sweet malt hit the palate first and lingers for a bit. Very clean but no real hop presence at all.

Light crisp body and goes down easy.

I remember trying this ale years ago and I could have sworn there was a bigger hop flavor. Then again it could have been the IPA. Either way this Pale Ale was a disappointment.

Luigi, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3/5  rDev -8.5%

BigTrubble, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

jaswilson2, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of GMan
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

GMan, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of BeerdNick
4/5  rDev +22%

BeerdNick, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with lunch at Lovie's Kitchen in Corolla, NC for $2. Not bad for a relatively cheap beer (though Lovie's was selling PBR cans for $1.25). It's a simple, balanced pale ale with a subtle, mild citrus character, with clean biscuity bread barley. Yeah, it's basic for the style and doesn't have big bitterness, but it does an excellent job of washing down my turkey and brie sandwich.

tempest, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

carrollmel7, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of EddieJoe
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

EddieJoe, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -8.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -8.5%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of hopfiend666
4/5  rDev +22%

hopfiend666, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz undated bottle of beer brewed in PA. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber despite some visible sediment on the bottom of the empty bottle. Some visible carbonation under a creamy tan head. The head has decent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma and flavor both feature light hops with a solid malt backbone. Nice but weak aroma.
More flavorful but less citrus than indicated by aroma. Taste is a tad metallic. Overall, sweet and bitter are balanced until the mildly bitter aftertaste.

Crisp feel in a medium-thin body; Slight dryness in the finish. A bit too acidic feeling.

chinchill, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes out golden when poured with thin, bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing. Heavy carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell is light malt, metal, and apples. The taste is malty with an apple-like sweetness that dominates. There are faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

This is a little one dimensional and sweet. There is no complexity; neither dominant malt character nor noteworthy hop presence. I think I'll pass in the future.

tdm168, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of dtivp
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured a medium clear golden amber with a very small white head that faded quickly into a ring with light lacing.

Aroma was a very weak with hints of sweet malt.

Taste followed the nose with a slightly sweet malt with a slight hint of hops.

Mouth Feel was light to medium body with light carbonation and a slight oily feel.

Overall I was not impressed, needs a little more hop bitterness to make this a better APA.

dtivp, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of hamilton23
2.38/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber and golden with thin beige head.
S: BMC lager. No hops, nothing to get excited about.
T: BMC lager. If this is an APA, where is the hoppiness?
M: Thin, slightly watery. Nicely carbonated.
O: I know why this is called "Blowing"...it blows.

hamilton23, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.88/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a very nice beer here. Tastes very adjunct to me.
Pours a decent looking straw color with a white head and no lacing. Smells of artificial oranges and hops. Tastes of minimal orange flavor with some malts, and tons of hops. Bitter. Mouthfeel is very thin, below average. Drinkability is certainly not good.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of JDH2000
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours clear gold with two fingers of head.

S- smells of sweet malts

T- Surprisingly sweet with fruity hops and light caramel malts--in a nice balance.

M- medium bodied with light carbonation. Has a slightly oily mouthfeel.

D- Overall, not too bad. At first the sweetness threw me off, but then it really grew upon me.

JDH2000, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - clear honey color, golden on the edge of the glass. Nice head and great retention. Good lacing.

S - Sweet hops dominate. Mostly fruity undertones. Some slight earthy qualities.

T - Hops upfront, with a mild bitterness. Much sweeter than I expected. Has a taste I can't quite pinpoint, but I think it reminds me a little of maple. Not what I was expecting, but still good.

M - Good full feeling. Not overly carbonated, but appropriate to give good feeling and prevent from being syrupy.

D - Very good. Not sure what the ABV is here but I'd say its about average, and would be a great session beer.

I was expecting a lot more bitterness when I bought a 6 pack of this and it was not at all what i expected on my first sip. But this one really grew on me. Not too pricey, and i could see myself buying this one again.

cottonkoozie, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

pours a reddish brown color with crystal clear visability. no head to speak off and looks lightly carbonated. Smell is faint corn and light malt characteristics. has a yuengling type smell with some american adjuncty aromas of corn and ethanol. Tastes not much different as its got sort of a sweet bitter finish with an extremely light body and little finish. Nothing great here, just plain old beer meant for drinking fast i guess. mouthfeel is alright as its got a crisp finish, but still nothing to brag about. I would rate this a better version of miller high life or coors original, but nothing more than that. really a simple style beer capable of being replicated by the macro companies.

Augustiner719, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mjaquillard
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic ale for a hot summer day.

a - poors darker than you would think after tasting it. tons of carbonation and good head to go with it

s - eh, slightly sweet smelling, not to hoppy. not much, but my wife loved it for some reason

t - a toned down apa, but toned down without losing balance.

m - light for an ale of this style

d - +++

Not a huge fan of this, but it's a pretty refreshing beer, especially for an ale that still tastes like an ale

mjaquillard, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lovely day up in the mountains that let me try a huge sample of some new NC locals. Always thrilled when a day works out like this one did.

One of my first chances to try anything from them, I was excited to go for this lighter pale to see what they were making way up in the hills. A nice light color, golden around the edges with a hint of a dark amber in the middle. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass left a nice two finger head of white foam that capped the top of the glass very nicely. Aroma is light hops, biscuit notes, and hints of herbal, floral tones and a light touch of grain. Well balanced with nothing really dominating more then anything else. Body was light, well carbonated but light with hints of caramel and sweet piney hops that hit the tongue on the first sips. Smooth and gentle the flavor did not evolve much over time and the finish was about as clean and quick as they come.

Overall a solid little ale, nothing really to complain about and nothing that would keep you from putting down more then one on a hot day. Good effort.

mikesgroove, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of 7thInningSuds
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looked pretty good.

S - Smelled pretty good.

T - On the hoppy side. Not to bitter of an aftertaste, but noticeable.

M - Okay.

D - Wanted to try this Boone-brewed beer to see what it was like. Not too bad, but it won't be a regular in the beer fridge.

7thInningSuds, May 16, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent dark orange with a thick off-white head resting on the top. Retention is fair; leaves some light lace on the glass. Scents of sweet malts, honey, and a faint piney resin on the back end.

The mouth is firm with a crisp carbonation front, and a smooth finish. Great sweet malty flavors that mix well with a moderate hop bitterness. Some fresh bread aftertaste. I could drink these all the time, and with this beer being sold everywhere in the city, I just may. Much better than anticipated.

Onenote81, May 11, 2010
Blowing Rock High Country Ale from Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.